Using extrusion technology to process soybeans, peanuts, cottonseed, sunflower and other specialty oilseed crops is a relatively new idea, but one that has great promise because it allows you to use all parts of the crop. The seeds themselves can be separated from the oil and used for animal feed, while the oil is used in human food products. The process requires no solvents or chemicals, and only generates small amounts of waste.
Before the oil is extracted from soybeans, they are known as full fat soybeans. With the right processing, full fat soybeans can be used efficiently and profitably as animal feed. If properly processed, full fat soybeans can be efficiently and profitably used in animal feeding. Without that processing they can be harmful. To reach their full nutritional potential, soybeans must be treated with heat. Extrusion processing can provide the heat needed to enhance full fat soybeans’ nutritional value.
The potential use of oilseeds in food and feed is limited by the wide range of potentially harmful anti-nutritional or toxic compounds they contain. With the appropriate additives, extrusion is effective in destroying these harmful compounds so the oilseeds can be used in feed and food.
Extrusion is also effective in reducing or destroying harmful pesticides in gin trash, a by-product of ginning cotton, which then can be used for cattle feed.
Most crops can be used for food and feed purposes, however, the amount of oil in these crops makes it difficult to use them. Our extrusion-expelling technology can process these crops into low-fat ingredients, which then can be used in a variety of food and feed applications.
So if you’re interested in new ways of using extrusion to expel oilseeds, produce full fat soy, prepare oilseed crops for food or feed applications, process low-fat ingredients — or any other related idea — we can help you develop that idea.
Making The Most of Extrusion
If you’re involved in producing snack foods, functional foods, cereal-based products, texturized vegetable protein, semi-moist food or any other food that can be processed by extrusion, get in touch with us. We can help you get the most from your process or develop new products.